Sunday, 25 May 2014

Faux Tea Rose

Another long time in between blogging...............................!Eek, were is this year going too?
I decided  that I would enter the latest CC3 challenge as I had a few hours to spare, which is hosted by the lovely Linda. You can find the details here

This challenge is being sponsored by

Challenge 3  is  the Faux Tea Rose Technique.  Part of the challenge is that you are not allowed to do a write up on the technique, sorry about that.
At the moment I am really in to changing "things".  I had brought the bottle shown below a few weeks back in a local supermarket for future use LOL. Okay I brought two! 

So what did I do.........
Out came the most amazing product known to crafters, AKA Wendy Vecchi Embossing paste.  I covered the bottle with the black paste and gave it some added texture before it dried by patting the flat side of the pallet knife all over the bottle. I adore this product for sure.

Look at that texture

 I then covered the bottle over the paste  with two colours of Treasure Gold wax to give it a certain aged look (thanks Hels for the tip).
The flower, tag  and leaves were coloured using Wendy Vecchi Archival inks and Tim Holtz distress ink. 

I added a  stamped tag, rusted wire and the bamboo sticks. 

 I now have a artsy room air freshener.
Thank you for taking the time to come and have a look.
Take care until the next time

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Craft Stamper April Challenge Take it Make it


On Friday I noticed Craft Stamper had a Take it Make it challenge starting for April and I thought I might have a wee go at this one, seeing it is an age since I took part in a challenge.

The theme was BOTTLES....................Okay at this point I thought maybe next month.....................I then hopped over to Hels Sheridan blog to see her take on the challenge as Hels is part of the DT. If you have time pop over and have a look see at what Hels created.

 Hels had changed a bottle using Wendy Vecchi Embossing paste, this set the little cogs in my brain working and I was back in the game again.

I set about changing a couple of small bottles with the said Embossing paste. I had no real idea what I was doing or really how it was going to turn out. I have to be honest once the bottles were dried I really like how they had turned out.  I will definitely do this technique again.

To give the bling look I was after I set about the bottles once the embossing paste had dried with Treasure Gold in two different colours. (Thanks Hels for the tip on how to change the look of the bottles).

I made the flowers using Wendy Vecchi CFA , Tim Holtz Material and finally cut them out with the middle sized Tattered Flower die.

So great I thought, I have the makings of something, but what am I going to put it on?
 Then I remembered that I had brought for a workshop a few MDF mini tables. They didn't sell, so out one of them came from the box........brilliant...........Now what!!!!!!!
I recently discovered gilding flakes, yes I know slow on the uptake............  They create such a fab and unique look each and every time you use them and you never quite know what you are going to end up with as a design.
  I covered the top of the table with the flakes and the around the edge of the table I used Treasure Gold once again.

Now as it is a Crafter Stamper challenge it has to include a tad of stamping!
  I coloured the legs of the table with distress paint and then stamped one of Tim's ATC size stamps as the wood grain, not looking to shabby I thought? 

Finally I stamped a label with my favourite word and tied it with Jute around the neck of the largest bottle,  added a few roses, job done!

I hope you like my creation and thank you to Craft Stamper for the challenge.  Why not head over and have a look at the amazing art that has been created for the challenge  by the team.

Thank you for stopping by, take and see you next time.

Sue x

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Time is flying by............


I cannot believe that we are into February already...........  So what have I been up to well.

A friend and colleague left the company I work for so I made her a little keepsake.

Quite simple but so gorgeous even if say so myself.


I decided last year that I was going to run workshops in the North East to enable mixed media artists to come this far "up North" and spend a couple of days teaching. I did one on July and one in November and they both went really well.  So this year I am stepping it up and trying to run one at least once a month.

I had two weekend workshop with Hels' Sheridan as the Designer/Educator booked back to back to run on the last weekend in Jan and the first weekend in Feb.  For them to run seamlessly there is a huge amount of preparation  leading up to and during the weekend.

We had 19 ladies on each weekend. Two  projects that were totally different from each other.  One was  a gorgeous canvas and the other a master board packed with texture. 

Both weekends went really well and I have further workshops booked with other artist during this year.  So all is good.

Just a  photos:

Lots more amazing photos of the art produced during the weekend can be found on my Facebook page

here are some great examples of Art from the weekend

Art Student

I teach the most adorable 8 year old "Art" once a month.  Whatever I show her she just sucks it up and then goes on to make something special. 

This is what she made this month...............

thanks for taking the time to come by and visit.
Take Care & see you soon
Sue. x

Monday, 3 February 2014

Fancy a two day workshop with Michelle Webb in July


Just to let you know that I will running a two day mixed media weekend workshop with Michelle Webb on the 26/27 July in Wynyard just outside Middlesbrough.

Find Michelle's blog to view her amazing creations ............

If you are interested please contact me on facebook Art Workshops page

Thanks Sue x